Security breach at Allahabad HC, bag found with explosives
Admitting that the incident was a major security breach, the authorities said that the HC premises has 150 police personnel who were supposed to keep a round-the-clock watch with the help of 210 CCTV cameras installed in various corners
Allahabad: A bag full of explosives found in the Allahabad High Court premises sent tizzy among the authorities and has put a question mark on the security arrangements at the HC.
The officials confirmed that the bag was found inside a court room during late night on Thursday last. They said that it contained low intensity crude bombs, sharpnels and fire crackers.
“The bag was found inside the court room no. 55 by a staff member,” said an official.
He further added, “The Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur and District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar rushed to the spot after the staff member informed the superior authorities. The bomb disposal squad arrived at the scene immediately afterwards and the explosives were diffused.”
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SSP Shalabh Mathur said," It was most likely to have been planted by someone who wished to cause some mischief."
Admitting that the incident was a major security breach, the authorities said that the HC premises has 150 police personnel who were supposed to keep a round-the-clock watch with the help of 210 CCTV cameras installed in various corners.
“A company of the CRPF also remains permanently deployed inside the Allahabad High Court premises,” said a senior official.
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What SSP Mathur said:
- The bag appears to have been kept inside after the court was closed down for five days in view of Diwali festivities.
- The explosive material have been sent for forensic examination by way of abundant caution.
- We have strictly prohibited two and four wheeler vehicles from entering the premises and only those carrying special passes are allowed to enter the court rooms.
- The general public was allowed to visit those parts where a branch of the State Bank of India and a Post Office were located.
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